2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: time to track my reading habits

It’s almost February, and I had forgotten about the reading challenge popularized on POPSUGAR each year. I participated in 2015, and even blogged reviews of the books that I read in January, February and March that year. That’s how I happened to think of it: when switching this site over to SSL this week, I had to go back and fix a number of the links that were causing problems, including the Amazon links to the books in those posts.

POPSUGAR 2018 Reading Challenge

I’ve shown the list that they publish in graphic format on the right, but also ran OCR on it to get the list in text form, which makes it a bit easier if I’m going to keep an electronic trackable list:

  • A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
  • True crime
  • The next book in a series you started
  • A book involving a heist
  • Nordic noir
  • A novel based on a real person
  • A book set in a country that fascinates you
  • A book with a time of day in the title
  • A book about a villain or antihero
  • A book about death or grief
  • A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
  • A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
  • A book that is also a stage play or musical
  • A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
  • A book about feminism
  • A book about mental health
  • A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
  • A book by two authors
  • A book about or involving a sport
  • A book by a local author
  • A book with your favorite color in the title
  • A book with alliteration in the title
  • A book about time travel
  • A book with a weather element in the title
  • A book set at sea
  • A book with an animal in the title
  • A book set on a different planet
  • A book with song lyrics in the title
  • A book about or set on Halloween
  • A book with characters who are twins
  • A book mentioned in another book
  • A book from a celebrity book club
  • A childhood classic you’ve never read
  • A book that’s published in 2018
  • A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
  • A book set in the decade you were born
  • A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
  • A book with an ugly cover
  • A book that involves a bookstore or library
  • Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges


  • A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
  • A cyberpunk book
  • A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
  • A book tied to your ancestry
  • A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
  • An allegory
  • A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  • A microhistory
  • A book about a problem facing society today
  • A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

I’ll look back through what I’ve read in January – which is really easy with the new Toronto Public Library history list of my borrowed ebooks – and post about that soon. That should help with my 2018 goals of both reading and writing more.

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